Jared Whitlock

Reporter

Email: jwhitlock@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-634-4636 Extension: 3130

Recent Stories

Life Science Funding Shows Increase in Most Rounds

Financing rounds since 2013 have grown larger in San Diego life sciences. A look at annual median deal size shows an increase, from early-stage seed financing to Series A, C and D rounds. Only Series B rounds have remained flat in recent years.

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Aristea Therapeutics Launches with $15M Round

Aristea Therapeutics emerged Dec. 18 with a $15 million series A round and mission revolving around inflammatory diseases.

Evofem’s Stock Rises on Positive Late-Stage Trial Data

Shares of Evofem rose on Dec. 17 after the company reported that its birth control gel worked as intended in late-stage clinical trials.

Former Ignyta Talent Launch Erasca with $42M Round

Serial biotech entrepreneur Jonathan Lim is back at it.

Aethlon Medical Appoints Interim CEO

Aethlon Medical, a San Diego company, named Timothy Rodell as interim CEO, it was announced Dec. 13.

Local Strengths Like Genetics, Big Data and Talent Power Agbio Scene

Technology, Talent Keep Area’s Agriculture Growing Strong

Decades ago on North County farms, the Ecke family turned the poinsettia into a top-selling Christmas plant. From former Ecke land, Cibus again wants to put the region on the map.

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Medical Tourism Still Needs A Shot in the Arm

A medical tourism campaign touting San Diego’s hospitals, genomics companies and sunny weather is trying to find its groove.

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Epipen Alternative to Bring Good News to Price Sensitive Users

Adamis Pharmaceuticals’ epipen alternative will launch nationally in the first quarter of next year, the company said in a recent update.

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Neurocrine’s Tourette Syndrome Drug Misses Primary Goal

San Diego-based Neurocrine’s drug for Tourette syndrome failed to meet its primary goal in a mid-stage clinical trial, the company reported Dec. 12.

Following the Local Biotech VC Funding Trail

The San Diego Business Journal frequently chronicles local funding rounds and the big dreams that accompany them. But what about the largest venture capital sources locally?

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House Bill Would Further Delay Medical Device Tax

Recently proposed legislation would further push back a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device makers, San Diego’s ResMed, NuVasive and Ra Medical Systems among them.

Healthcare District Dumps At-Large Elections

HEALTH: Grossmont Makes Move; Palomar Considers Election Change

Under the threat of a lawsuit from a Malibu attorney, one San Diego hospital district is moving to a new type of election system, while another will consider doing so.

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Pfizer Move to Transfer 100 Jobs to San Diego

Pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer is set to close a South San Francisco site and relocate 100 jobs to its research and development campus in La Jolla.

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Report: Human Longevity’s Valuation Falls 80%

Human Longevity Inc.’s latest valuation: $310 million, down more than 80 percent from early 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Oxeia Leading the Pack on Potential Concussion Treatments

Oxeia Leading the Pack on Potential Concussion Treatments

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Concentration Of Precision Health Companies

Precision health factors in a person’s genes, medical history, environment and more for diagnosis and treatment.

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LunaDNA Launches Platform Giving Shares for DNA Data

LunaDNA’s first-of-its-kind platform giving shares for contributing DNA data got approval earlier this week from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ionis’ ALS Drug Candidate Nets $35M Payment from Biogen

Biogen exercised a licensing option and will pay Carlsbad’s Ionis Pharmaceuticals $35 million for a drug candidate aimed at amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

ViaCyte Gets $80M Series D For Pursuit of Diabetes Cure

ViaCyte recently hauled in an $80 million Series D round to advance therapies that the company called a potential “functional cure” for Type 1 diabetes patients.

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Viracta Plots Entry Into China with $10M Financing and Partnership

San Diego-based Viracta Therapeutics intends to bring a cancer therapy candidate to China through a recently inked partnership with Chinese drug company Salubris

Court Narrows Use of Non-Solicitation Clause

LEGAL: AMN Loses Bid to Limit Ex-Recruiters’ Actions

A recent ruling involving competing health care staffing firms headquartered in San Diego makes it tougher for employers to restrict past employees from soliciting former clients.

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Neurelis Buys Aegis Therapeutics

Neurelis has acquired Aegis Therapeutics, bringing together two San Diego companies.

In Another Acquisition, ResMed Buys Propeller Health for $225M

ResMed will plunk down $225 million to acquire Propeller Health, marking the San Diego company’s third acquisition announcement this year.

Dexcom to Pay $250M in Stock Through Amended Deal With Verily

San Diego’s Dexcom will pay $250 million in stock to Verily — a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet — as part of an amended deal. One analyst called the revision a financial and strategic win for Dexcom.

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Manageable Technology Makes Aging in Place More Possible

HEALTH: Software Is Personalized, Even Capable Of Some Conversation

More than 87 percent of people 65 years or older want to stay in their current home as they age, according to a 2014 AARP survey. Among them: Dan Deninger and his wife, Cindy.

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Local Cos. Blend Tech and Health Care to Give Seniors Tools to Cope

Dan Deninger — an Oceanside senior unversed in computers or smartphones — dictates messages to his assistant, Lisa. She also chimes in with medication reminders, historical facts and what’s coming up on the calendar.

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New CEO Named at Sharp Healthcare

Sharp Healthcare has found a CEO to succeed Mike Murphy, who announced his retirement in April.

ViaCyte Gets $80M Series D for Diabetes Work

ViaCyte recently hauled in an $80 million Series D round to advance therapies that the company called a potential “functional cure” for Type 1 diabetes patients.

Mesa Biotech Test Obtains FDA Clearance

A respiratory test from San Diego-based Mesa Biotech recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance and a key waiver.

Jecure Therapeutics Acquired

San Diego-based Jecure Therapeutics and its inflammatory disease platform has been snapped up by Genentech, it was announced Nov. 27.

Wisconsin Company Buys Biomatrica

Biomatrica — started in 2005 by husband-and-wife scientists who invented a preservative for keeping DNA and other biological samples at room temperature — was acquired last month by Exact Sciences Corp.

Licensing Deal Gives Arena Cash for Pursuing Its Pipeline

Arena Pharmaceuticals on Nov. 15 announced a drug licensing deal that provides the company with ample cash to devote to other medicines in its pipeline.

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Mirum Team Is on Familiar Ground With Liver Drug Effort

In 2014, pharmaceutical Shire bought San Diego company Lumena and its lead drug candidate, called maralixibat. Now maralixibat is back in the hands of former Lumena talent.

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Grant Supports Salk Team’s Cutting-Edge Alzheimer’s Studies

A team of Salk Institute researchers has been awarded $19.2 million to study interactions among brain systems thought to underlie disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Sparking new therapies is another goal.

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Biotech Coworking Site Is Taking Applications

High demand for biotech startup space convinced BioLabs San Diego to open a second facility in the UTC area of San Diego.

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Dexcom to Pay Verily $250M in Stock Through Amended Deal

San Diego’s Dexcom will pay $250 million in stock to Verily – a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet – as part an amended deal.

DJO Global Acquired for $3.15 Billion

Change is blowing through DJO Global, after the medical device company announced plans this summer to relocate from San Diego to Texas. Then came news on Nov. 19 that DJO was acquired for $3.15 billion.

Cibus Files for $100M IPO

Cibus – a San Diego company that uses gene editing to select desirable plant traits – is seeking $100 million through an initial public offering.

Ehrich Named CMO of Expansion Therapeutics

Elliot Ehrich, previously with Alkermes Plc, is the new chief medical officer of San Diego biotech startup Expansion Therapeutics.

Arthritis Drug Is Big Test for Samumed

MEDICINE: Co. Following Own Path on Investors, Valuation

Samumed emerged two years ago with a mission of regenerating hair, skin and joints, valued at a head-turning $12 billion.

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Report: Jobs Increase in Life Sciences Sector

Employment in the life sciences sector in San Diego County rose 15.4 percent year over year, according to a recent report.

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Arena Nets $800M Upfront in Licensing Deal

Arena Pharmaceuticals on Nov. 15 announced a drug licensing deal that provides the company with ample cash to devote to other medicines in its pipeline.

OncoSec’s Korean Ties Draw Attention in U.S. and S. Korea

Japan sticks out as San Diego biotech’s most valuable international trading partner. Elsewhere in Asia, regional biotechs like Tocagen are gaining a foothold in China through partnerships with Chinese firms.

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StemGenex’s Marketing, Manufacturing Draw FDA Warning

StemGenex Biologic Laboratories recently drew a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over manufacturing practices and the marketing of an unapproved stem cell therapy.

Synthorx Files for $100M IPO

With a pipeline that activates tumor-fighting immune cells, Synthorx looks to raise $100 million through an initial public offering.

Scientist.com to Open an Office in Japan

The San Diego-based company recently experienced growth in its Japanese clientele, which includes several large pharmaceuticals.

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Heron Therapeutics Reports Quarterly Results

San Diego-based Heron Therapeutics recently reported a quarterly loss of $38.3 million, or 49 cents per share.

Local Biotechs Battle Superbugs, While Facing Business Challenges

HEALTH: Region Has Talent, Grants, And Track Record for Fight

In a race to combat antibiotic resistance, big pharma bailed. Investors are skeptical. But Forge Therapeutics isn’t deterred.

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Life Sciences Show That It’s Never Too Early to Be Heard

GOVERNMENT: From Reimbursement to Education, Efforts Made

Samumed has yet to put a drug on the market, but the company wants the ear of osteoarthritis policymakers and advocacy groups.

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Mirum Pharmaceuticals Launches with $120M Round

San Diego-based Mirum Pharmaceuticals surfaced Nov. 7 with a $120 million Series A round – and plans to take a liver drug candidate into final-stage clinical trials.

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